Game Day.....Stadium # 3 Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The ballpark opened on April 3, 1992 with an exhibition game between the Orioles and the NY Mets. I actually attended that game. The Orioles ended up beating the Mets 5-3 in this preseason game. The park officially opened on April 6, 1992 for it's first regular-season game with the Orioles beating the Cleveland Indians 2-0. They broke ground on the stadium on June 28, 1989 with the cost of the stadium being $110 million. This stadium is the first of the now popular retro-stadium designs for both Major League and Minor League Stadiums. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the stadium opening.
The most famous part of the stadium is the B&O Warehouse that sits on Eutaw street beyond the outfield seats. The stadium was built on a once served rail yard for the B&O railroads Camden Station. Eutaw Street is in between the outfield seats and the B&O Warehouse and it's closed to only pedestrian traffic. No one has hit the warehouse with a home run in a regulation game but has been hit by Ken Griffey Jr. in the 1993 Home Run Derby. Home runs that reach Eutaw Street are commemorated by a bronze ball plaque with the players name and date that is then embedded in the street. There have been over 100 home runs that have landed on Eutaw Street. Also Eutaw Street is Boog's BBQ. Boog Powell was an Oriole from 1961-1974. Boog played a few more years after his last with Baltimore.
The bullpens are the first to be stacked on top of each other. This design was chosen after many write-in designs were submitted by the public.
In January 2022 it was announced that the left field wall was going to be moved back and heightened. In the first major change to the dimensions of the field since it's opening. 10 rows of seats (about 1,100 seats) were removed from left field. This enabled the wall to be moved back 26 feet and the wall was raised from 7 feet to 13 feet. Helping with reducing home runs to left field.
Some of the milestones that have happened at Oriole Park at Camden Yards....
*1993 MLB Home Run Derby and All-Star Game
*Sept 6, 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2130 consecutive games played.
*Sept 6, 1996: Eddie Murray hit his 500th career home run.
*May 3, 1999: The Cuban National Baseball Team defeats the Orioles 12-6 in the 2nd game of a 2 game exhibition series.
*April 4, 2001: Hideo Nomo pitched the first no-hitter.
*October 6, 2001: Cal Ripken Jr. played his final MLB game.
*May 31, 2008: Manny Ramirez hit his 500th career home run.
*May 8, 2012 Josh Hamilton hit 4 home runs in the same game equaling the MLB record.
Game time today is at 7:05pm as the Orioles take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Eric Lauer will be pitching for the Brewers and a TBD pitcher for the Orioles. We will be sitting in Section 258 tonight.